City centre residents raise stink over sewer

2009-10-06 00:00

A MALFUNCTIONING sewerage system in the city centre has given rise to health concerns. It may collapse altogether if it is not upgraded to meet growing demand.

One of the residents affected is Bongi Makhaye, who contacted The Witness to voice her frustrations about the unbearable living conditions she and her family are being subjected to.

Makhaye, who lives in Berg Street, says she shares the sewerage system with five other houses on the street, and the system is taking strain.

This comes as no surprise, said Makhaye, as there are up to 15 tenants in each house.

“These houses were bought on auction and the owners rent them out to tenants. The sewerage system has not been upgraded and every time it gets blocked, sewage spills up into either my yard or my next-door neighbour’s,” she said.

Makhaye says the system is likely to break down altogether as some of the owners are extending the properties so they can accommodate even more tenants. She said that when she raised her concerns with one of the owners, they told her they did not care.

“They said it was my problem and I must sort it out,” she said.

Makhaye says the sewage started flooding into her yard at the beginning of the year and she can no longer allow her children to play outside as she fears for their health. The smell is unbearable and she is tired of reporting the problem to the Msunduzi Municipality because nobody comes to see what is going on.

She asked why the municipality is approving the extensions without checking whether the system can function effectively.

The Witness tried to get a response from the municipality, but none was received by the time of going to print.

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